So I can't wait any longer. Even though 1 package showed up as broken, I went ahead and installed Gnome 2.6 on my Debian sid installation. Oddly enough, the one broken package did not show up as broken afterward; go figure. Gnome is really pretty compared to KDE; much more intuitive and form-follows-function in my opinion. More Mac-like than Windows-like, which is a good thing with me. I now have to wean off of KPPP for GPRS and learn to write my own chat scripts, but hey, it has to happen sometime. I am just glad to be in position where it's a matter of learning an alternative means for GPRS connectivity versus hoping and praying that I can even get it to work.